The workshop introduces the techniques involved in the construction of a traditional composition, which can then be expanded and tessellated to fit within other shapes.
The art of Arabesque (Islimi) is evident throughout the Islamic world from Morocco to Malaysia. This practical module is an introduction to the various families of motifs and styles and their historic origins and symbolism. We will study traditional composition, underlying rhythmic structures and traditional painting techniques.
Students are introduced to the various families of motifs and their historic origins and symbolism. They are also taught how to paint their compositions with shell gold and pigments using blending and graduating techniques, they are also taught to apply the design to other materials such as; wood, leather or glass.
Teaching Islimi at Krishnamurti's Brockwood Park School, Hampshire
Teaching Islimi at The Princes School of Traditional arts